Thank you for making the 2016 NMSDC Conference a huge success!

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations convened in Chicago, IL.

2016 Conference Specials

President: Barack Obama

Presidential Proclamation

Barack Obama
President of the United States

Women and men of every faith, background, and race have channeled their talents and ingenuity into harnessing the spirit of innovation that has long been the hallmark of our people. During Minority Enterprise Development Week, we reflect on the significant ways they have helped put our economy. […]

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Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce United States of America

Monday Power Breakfast

Keynote Speaker: Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Commerce United States of America

During her tenure, the Department has expanded trade and investment, opened global markets to American products, spurred innovation with new digital tools, promoted entrepreneurship, and helped communities prepare for and prosper in a changing environment. […]

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Ernest C. Wong, Principal, Site Design Group, Ltd

Wednesday Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Ernest C. Wong
WSite Design Group, Ltd

As the founding Principal and President of Site Design Group, Ltd., Ernest C. Wong has been instrumental in the success of the firm and the landscape architecture and urban design profession in the City of Chicago. […]

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2016 National MBDA/MED Week Programming

Are MBE’s Ready for the 'Internet of Things' (IoT ) and 'Big Data' Industries of the Future

Tuesday MBDA Plenary

Moderator: Alejandra Y. Castillo
National Director

Are MBE’s Ready for the “Internet of Things” (IoT ) and “Big Data” Industries of the Future? This year there will be 4.9 billion objects connected and that number will skyrocket to 50 billion by 2020. Imagine how the “Internet of Things” (IoT) has opened the door to endless possibilities in the U.S. marketplace.

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T5 MBDA - Federal Contracting and Growth Strategy

Tuesday Workshop

Moderator: Angela Washington
Senior Business Development Specialist

Federal Contracting and Growth Strategy. DID YOU KNOW: Every year the Federal Government spends $500 million dollars procuring goods and services throughout the country? This panel will provide a comprehensive look at growth strategies for MBEs seeking to do business with the federal government. […]

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W2 Getting Ready: Valuing the Target, Making the Bid, and Setting the Price. Monetizing your Growth through Acquisition

Wednesday Workshop

Moderator: Carmen West
Business Development Specialist (MBDA)

Getting Ready: Valuing the Target, Making the Bid, and Setting the Price. Monetizing your Growth through Acquisition. Our experts in the field including broker dealers, investment bankers and M&A specialists will take your questions on what’s required to be ready for growth by acquisition and how to access the capital for the deal.

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2016 Conference Features

Joset Wright-Lacy, President, NMSDC

Welcome!

It is our pleasure to invite you to join your peers, colleagues and business partners in Chicago, Illinois, October 23 – 26, for the 2016 NMSDC Conference – “Minority Supplier Development: Investing in the Future.”

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MBEIC

MBE Opportunity Accelerator

Presenters will share corporate opportunities, growth opportunities, and relationship/networking opportunities. Don’t miss this occasion to connect, develop, and grow! Tell and bring others – all are welcome!

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Doing Business with the Nation’s Central Bank

Doing Business with the Nation’s Central Bank

This session will increase the minority supplier’s understanding of the Federal Reserve – who we are, what we do, and the various opportunities to do business throughout the System.

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B2B Connect Events

NMSDC National and Local Corporate Member buyers, category managers and procurement representatives meet with NMSDC-certified suppliers.

Meetings are pre-scheduled based on members’ needs for goods and services, and capable suppliers.

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Navigating the Corporate Procurement Process

Navigating the Corporate Procurement Process

Participants in this workshop will learn about new trends in the industry, important differences between public and private sourcing processes, as well as reflect on best practices for engaging with sourcing, contracting, and supplier diversity professionals.

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Global Strategy Summit

Global Strategy Summit

NMSDC has invited The Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale from Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, supplier diversity subject matter experts and MBEs who are global to share knowledge and insights of emerging markets, and their experiences related to growing minority supplier develop utilizing market intelligence.

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About the Conference

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Chicago, Illinois, to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

This one-of-a-kind event features:

  • Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths
  • A black-tie Awards Banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!

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Location

McCormick Place is headquarters for the 2016 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange. The Business Opportunity Exchange, meal functions and all program sessions will be held at the
Lakeside Center (East Building).

Please refer to the Conference-at-a-Glance for more details.

Our 2016 Sponsors

2016 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange

Our 2016 Supporters